Media Center

Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, Aug. 18-19, 2018

PrideLogoFinal_webthumbnailThis page is designed to give local, regional and national media outlets the resources and tools they need to best cover the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. Below you will find several resources and important information, including recent press releases, street closure information and details on credentials, access, parking, live broadcasts and more. Specific questions or other inquiries should be directed toward Charlotte Pride’s primary media contact. Official statements, comments and releases will be posted to our press release archive or available from our primary media contact.


Media Contact

Matt Comer
704-625-6449
matt@charlottepride.org

Please note: Expected crowds at the festival and parade on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 may limit cell reception Uptown or loud events might prevent our media contact from answering his phone. Please feel free to text, leave a voice mail or call back if your call is missed.

Press Releases

Latest Press Releases and Media Advisories:
Click here for an archive of our most recent press releases, media advisories and statements.

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The following collateral may only be used for editorial purposes:

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Press Conferences & Media Events:

Friday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. — Press Conference
Trade & Tryon Sts. (on S. Tryon St. in the festival set-up area)
Press conference with event organizers and government/public agency officials

Friday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Press Availability
Trade & Tryon Sts.
Event organizers will be available for interviews and updates following the Friday morning press conference through 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18 — 12:30 p.m. — Press Availability
Wells Fargo Stage, S. Tryon & Stonewall Sts.
Opening Ceremony with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other dignitaries, followed back-stage at 1 p.m. by brief press availability with event organizers and other officials.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. — Press Availability
Wells Fargo Stage, S. Tryon & Stonewall Sts.
Organization representatives will be available for end-of-event interviews and projected attendance estimates.

Details for media events during the weekend are subject to change.

Road Closures:

Street closures for the festival are as follows:
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018
9 a.m. — S. Tryon St. CLOSED. Cross streets (4th, 3rd, MLK, Levine) remain OPEN for regular traffic.
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
6 a.m. — S. Tryon St. and all cross streets (4th, 3rd, MLK, Levine) CLOSED to regular traffic.
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018
11 p.m. — S. Tryon St. and all cross streets re-open to regular traffic.

Street closures for the parade are as follows:
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018
Streets will close 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: including N. Tryon St. between College connector and Trade St., and Trade St. between Tryon and College Sts.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Parade | Festival | VIP Experience | Parking & Transportation | Pride Guide

Weekend Highlights

PNC Bank Festival Zone
Saturday, Aug. 18, Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 19, Noon-6 p.m.

S. Tryon St., between Trade & Stonewall Sts.
Festival Attractions: Youth Zone, Family Zone, Karaoke Bar, HIV Testing/Awareness, Food Court

Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade
Sunday, Aug. 19, 1-3 p.m.
N. Tryon St., starting at 9th St. turning left at Trade St., to College St.

Wells Fargo Stage
Saturday, Aug. 18, Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 19, Noon-6 p.m.

S. Tryon and Stonewall Sts.

Wells Fargo Stage Highlights

Click here to see a full entertainment schedule and entertainer bios.

Opening Ceremony with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams
Saturday, Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m.
Featuring the official opening of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade weekend, with the presentation of the colors, national anthem, interfaith moment, and special guests including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams and more.

Champions of Pride Awards
Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m.
Featuring the presentation of this year’s Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Award recipients, Parade Grand Marshals and Charlotte Pride Scholarship recipients.


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED LOGISTICAL MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF VENDORS AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS.

Credentials & Access

All members of the media are asked to wear identifying marks or proper outlet-issued credentials while on-site at the event. Charlotte Pride will not be issuing media credentials of its own. Limited access to the stage area, VIP area and other restricted access areas will be granted only to those members of the media possessing proper credentials from a recognized media outlet. Access to restricted areas will be granted at the sole discretion of Charlotte Pride officials. Members of the media should contact Matt Comer with any specific footage or coverage needs in restricted areas by calling or texting 704-625-6449 or emailing media@charlottepride.org. Media will only be allowed stage access between entertainment acts and will not be allowed in backstage areas, unless having received approval from Matt Comer.

Media RSVP

In order to ensure all media outlets receive the materials, footage and interviews they require either before or during the event, Charlotte Pride asks ALL members of the media planning on covering the festival and/or parade to RSVP their expected attendance to Matt Comer at 704-625-6449 or media@charlottepride.org. To contact Matt Comer on site, you may call or text or ask any person wearing a staff T-shirt or anyone at an information tent to radio him for you.


Media Availability

Charlotte Pride organizers will be available for in-person interviews prior to the event, during the event and after the event at the specified times listed above in the Press Conferences & Media Events section. Other availability during the weekend event may be limited. To schedule an interview outside of publicized events, please call Matt Comer at 704-625-6449. Please note: Expected crowds at the festival and parade on Saturday and Sunday may limit cell reception Uptown or loud events might prevent our media contact from answering his phone. Please feel free to text, leave a voice mail or call back if your call is missed.

On-Site Broadcasting

Television media are welcome to join us anytime during our event Aug. 18-19 for morning, afternoon or evening news broadcasts. A limited number of parking spaces for TV trucks will be available on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis. Media trucks needing parking for live broadcasts Aug. 18-19 can park on W. MLK Blvd. behind or adjacent to festival recycling and trash trucks. Max cable run to reach center of intersection at S. Tryon St. and MLK Blvid is 500 feet, depending on parking location. Please contact Matt Comer at 704-625-6449 or media@charlottepride.org if you plan to have live news crews present at the event. Crews will be able to set up on-site at the W. MLK Blvd. location on Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday, Aug. 19, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. On-site broadcasting parking will vary on Friday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., due to event set-up. For a detailed site map, email media@charlottepride.org.


Media Parking

Charlotte Pride cannot guarantee on-site media parking within the festival area or on closed streets. We suggest the paid surface lot on College St., between St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Harvey Gantt Museum.

A note on editorial coverage

Charlotte Pride organizers respectfully ask media outlets to remember that Charlotte Pride is a celebration of the entire diversity of the LGBTQ community. Please limit your coverage of protesters who seek to distract from and disparage the LGBTQ community and our allies. Please strive to include a full diversity of images and community members in your coverage, including LGBTQ people of all ages, races and backgrounds, LGBTQ-led families, people of faith and others. Organizers thank local media outlets for their continued diligence in ensuring fair and equitable coverage of the LGBTQ community.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Parade | Festival | VIP Experience | Parking & Transportation | Pride Guide


About the Festival & Parade

The Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade is the Queen City’s annual celebration of the LGBTQ community held in the heart of Uptown on Tryon Street each August. In 2017, the event attracted 150,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Over the past three years, the event has contributed more than $24million in economic impact from out-of-town visitors to Charlotte. In 2017, the Charlotte Pride Parade became the city’s largest annual parade.

New highlights in 2018 include the addition of a second stage for community entertainment and expansion of the Charlotte Pride VIP Experience throughout the two-day festival and the preceding Charlotte Pride Week. The event supports the work and programs of Charlotte Pride throughout the year, including its Charlotte Latin Pride and Charlotte Trans Pride programs and Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s annual LGTBQ film festival, held each spring.

About Charlotte Pride

The festival and parade are the signature annual events for Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We present and collaborate on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, and the GayCharlotte Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. It is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.